The proposed research addresses the conversion of an advantageous feedstock (methane) into chemical building blocks (methanol, ethanol). Methane is considered an important feedstock within ARC CBBC, as it is abundantly available, cheap and can positively contribute to the transition to a low-carbon economy. Methanol is a versatile chemical, which can be easily transported and is a prospective energy carrier. It can also be easily converted into hydrocarbon fuels, aromatics or olefins. Aromatics and olefins are important chemical building blocks for the chemical industry. Ethanol is already used as a fuel (constituent), it is also a precursor to ethylene.
Furthermore, the proposed research aims at a direct conversion (not via synthesis gas) making methanol production less CO2 intensive and more affordable. Finally, there is an excellent fit with the available expertise offered by ARC CBBC.